Mike Townsend

Founder & CEO
Earthshine

Mike Townsend is founder and CEO of Earthshine — an international consultancy and training provider focused on circular and sustainability transformations in business, economy, and society — unleashing the capability within people and their organisations.

In addition to running Earthshine, Mike serves on an advisory board with University of Oslo, where he teaches courses/lectures on Sustainable Development, Business & Economy.

Mike is author ofThe Quiet Revolution (Greenleaf, 2019), editor of Reframing the Game (2015), and lead author of A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 (2013). He is also a regular contributor for Huffington Post, The Guardian, Edie.net and others.

Mike holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham Business School (UK) and a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering Management from the University of Wolverhampton (UK), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mike also enjoys family life, hiking, reading, listening to music, practicing mindfulness, and playing rock drums.

Mike Townsend is tagged in 6 stories.
Racing to Zero, Part 3: Reimagining Construction for Circularity
Racing to Zero, Part 3: Reimagining Construction for Circularity

The Next Economy / The latent circular revolution is slow in getting off the ground in construction — but it’s time to reimagine and transform the industry. Here we explore eight key shifts to help construction actors rise to the circular challenge. - 11 months ago

Racing to Zero, Part 2: It’s the (Circular) Economy, Stupid.
Racing to Zero, Part 2: It’s the (Circular) Economy, Stupid.

The Next Economy / Many organisations have not yet connected the dots between climate-change mitigation and a circular economy — the successful shift to which could be our greatest tool. Here, we examine the climate math for circular strategies, and the role of the humble car door in radical climate action. - 1 year ago

Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?
Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

Walking the Talk / Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’ time. - 1 year ago

Can We Avoid the Fall of Giants?
Can We Avoid the Fall of Giants?

Business Case / The recent collapse of Carillion plc raises serious questions about the viability of corporate business models. This might not be an isolated event — presenting a major wake-up call for businesses, everywhere. The question is, what should be done: Can we avoid the fall of giants, or are we witnessing an inevitable process of creative destruction? - 4 years ago

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A Beating Heart for Sustainable Brewing: For the Many, Not the Few
A Beating Heart for Sustainable Brewing: For the Many, Not the Few

Business Case / A new study on Ontario’s craft beer industry takes a systems-wide approach to dealing with the sustainable growth challenge, and how we can deliver shared prosperity — with important insights for brewers and industry stakeholders everywhere. - 5 years ago

This Holiday Season, Enjoy Your Festive Brew  —  While You Can!
This Holiday Season, Enjoy Your Festive Brew  —  While You Can!

Organizational Change / The rise of craft beer is a major success story. Yet, the industry is reaching an important crossroads. A new study highlights major risks ahead — meaning continuous growth and success cannot be taken for granted. Meanwhile, there’s a great opportunity to find a new ‘sweet spot’ for growth and sustainability. The festive season is once more upon us. Perhaps you will raise a glass or two, and enjoy your favourite beer. You might go for one of the many mass-produced beers on the market, or maybe you will opt for something different, and a little more ‘crafted’ — a bright golden IPA, perhaps? - 5 years ago

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